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Duke Name Meaning
English and Irish: from Middle English duk(e) ‘duke’ (from Old French duc, from Latin dux, genitive ducis ‘leader’), applied as an occupational name for someone who worked in the household of a duke, or as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces.English and Irish: possibly also from the personal name Duke, a short form of Marmaduke, a personal name said to be from Irish mael Maedoc ‘devotee (mael, maol ‘bald’, ‘tonsured one’) of Maedoc’, a personal name (M’Aodhóg) meaning ‘my little Aodh’, borne by various early Irish saints, in particular a 6th-century abbot of Clonmore and a 7th-century bishop of Ferns.Scottish: compare the old Danish personal name Duk (Old Norse Dukr).In some cases, possibly an Americanized form of French Leduc or Spanish Duque.Possibly an Americanized spelling of Polish Duk, a nickname from dukac ‘to stammer or falter’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Duke Families

  • Number of Duke families
     218 - 433
     73 - 217
     1 - 72
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Duke families
     291 - 579
     98 - 290
     1 - 97
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Duke families
     62 - 121
     21 - 61
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Duke Family Origin

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Duke Immigration Information

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Duke Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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